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  • Fukushima: More leaks found at crippled Japan nuclear plant

    02/04/2012 5:47:02 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Ktar ^ | 02/03/12 | MARI YAMAGUCHI
    More leaks found at crippled Japan nuclear plant By MARI YAMAGUCHI (February 3rd, 2012 @ 8:20am) Associated Press TOKYO (AP) - Leaks of radioactive water have become more frequent at Japan's crippled nuclear power plant less than two months after it was declared basically stable. /snip Workers spotted a leak Friday at a water reprocessing unit which released enough beta rays to cause radiation sickness, TEPCO spokesman Junichi Matsumoto said. He said no one was injured and the leak stopped after bolts were tightened on a tank. /snip The structural integrity of the damaged Unit 4 reactor building has long...
  • Major new leak at Japan's nuclear plant - Kyodo(pipe broke open at reactor #4)

    02/03/2012 7:05:59 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 02/02/12
    Major new leak at Japan's nuclear plant - Kyodo 01 Feb 2012 22:38 Source: reuters // Reuters Feb 2 (Reuters) - More than 8 tonnes of water have leaked from Japan's stricken nuclear power plant after a frozen pipe burst inside a reactor buiding, but none of the water is thought to have escaped the complex, Kyodo news agency said on Thursday. Kyodo, quoting the Fukushima plant's operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco), said the water had leaked from the No.4 reactor when a pipe "dropped off" but that the liquid had all been contained inside the reactor building. The...
  • Food in Japan: Radioactive Cesium from Mandarin Oranges, Milk Industry to Test Milk, and Octopus

    02/01/2012 3:47:23 PM PST · by ransomnote · 9 replies
    ex-skf.blogspot.com ^ | 2/1/2012 | Ex-SKF blogger
    As days go by, food in Japan doesn't look very appetizing, to say the least. 1. Radioactive mandarin orange from Kanagawa Prefecture Radioactive cesium was found from the edible part of mandarin oranges (which in the US are called "satsuma" for some reason) and the skin. Security Tokyo is a private testing laboratory that uses the high-precision germanium semiconductor detector, not one of those fly-by-night testing "laboratories" cropping up in Japan (like the one who claimed to have "measured" high radioactive "iodine" in the snow in Hachioji. Totally false. Did I write about it? I don't remember...) But here's the...
  • Sea Water Can Corrode Nuclear Fuel, Forming Uranium Compounds That Could Travel Long Distance

    02/01/2012 1:42:33 PM PST · by ransomnote · 15 replies · 1+ views
    ex-skf.blogspot.com ^ | January 29, 2012 | Ex-SKF blogger
    From UC Davis News and Information (1/26/2012; emphasis is mine): Japan used seawater to cool nuclear fuel at the stricken Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant after the tsunami in March 2011 -- and that was probably the best action to take at the time, says Professor Alexandra Navrotsky of the University of California, Davis. But Navrotsky and others have since discovered a new way in which seawater can corrode nuclear fuel, forming uranium compounds that could potentially travel long distances, either in solution or as very small particles. The research team published its work Jan. 23 in the journal Proceedings of the...
  • 1143 Children (Over 30%) of 3765 Tested for Thyroid Abnormalities in Fukushima Had Lumps or Cysts

    01/25/2012 10:59:51 PM PST · by Razzz42 · 24 replies
    http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2012/01/1117-children-over-30-of-3739-tested.html ^ | Wednesday, January 25, 2012 | Posted by arevamirpal::laprimavera
    (UPDATE: The document issued by the Fukushima Prefecture's expert committee is here (PDF, in Japanese). Total number of children tested: 3765 No. of children found with lumps 5.1 millimeter or larger: 26 No. of children found with lumps less than 5.1 millimeter: 56 No. of children found with cysts 20.1 millimeter or larger: 0 No. of children found with cyst less than 20.1 millimeter: 1086 No. of children with no lumps, cysts: 2622 There are children who have both lump and cyst. ============================================ Waaaiiit a minute... I was looking for more information on the post I wrote about the lumps...
  • Shep Smith Sick???

    01/16/2012 4:22:32 PM PST · by publius321 · 124 replies · 13+ views
    Shepard Smith looks like he's going down hill very quickly. Has anyone heard anything about his status? I don't mean to make light of it or wish him ill but it looks like something is going on.
  • TSA to test its airport scanner operators for radiation exposure

    01/16/2012 7:29:56 AM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 16, 2012 | Hugo Martín
    The agency will not retest the machines or airline passengers ... After years of rebuffing health concerns over airport scanners, the Transportation Security Administration plans to conduct new tests on the potential radiation exposure from the machines at more than 100 airports nationwide. But the TSA does not plan to retest the machines or passengers. Instead, the agency plans to test its airport security officers to see if they are being exposed to dangerous levels of radiation while working with the scanners. News of the test leaked out after the TSA issued a request last month to government vendors to...
  • A Series Of Unfortunate Events at Fukushima Daiichi

    01/07/2012 3:15:10 PM PST · by justa-hairyape · 38 replies
    SimplyInfo - The Fukushima Project ^ | January 7th, 2012 | Blog Post
    There have been a number of odd happenings recently at the plant. What they all mean right now is not totally clear. On January 2nd, the day after the widespread new years quake, the radioactive fallout levels in Fukushima and also in Chiba spiked. A weird white ash was reported by some in Chiba, no word if this is related in any way. On January 6th the cesium levels detected leaking out of unit 3′s intake canal tripled in one day. We still have no explanation for the rush of police cars, fire engines and two buses of workers to...
  • The Yakuza and the Nuclear Mafia: Nationalization Looms for TEPCO(to kick out mobs?)

    12/31/2011 2:10:43 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 12/30/11 | Jake Adelstein
    The Yakuza and the Nuclear Mafia: Nationalization Looms for TEPCO Jake Adelstein 2,500 Views Dec 30, 2011 Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the monolithic corporation that controls all electric power in Greater Tokyo, and runs the Fukushima Daichii nuclear plant that experienced a triple meltdown following the March 11 earthquake, is on the brink of nationalization according to Japanese government sources. The official reason is that the firm may not be able to handle the massive compensation payments it owes to victims of the meltdown without going bankrupt. Unofficially, the firm has such long-standing ties to anti-social forces, including the...
  • Scientists Test Sick Alaska Seals For Radiation

    12/28/2011 11:34:52 PM PST · by Razzz42 · 33 replies · 1+ views
    msnbc.msn.com ^ | December 27th, 2011 | By Bill Rigby
    Experts not sure if woes, from hair loss to bloody lesions, tied to Fukushima nuclear plant. SEATTLE — Scientists in Alaska are investigating whether local seals are being sickened by radiation from Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. Scores of ring seals have washed up on Alaska's Arctic coastline since July, suffering or killed by a mysterious disease marked by bleeding lesions on the hind flippers, irritated skin around the nose and eyes and patchy hair loss on the animals' fur coats. Biologists at first thought the seals were suffering from a virus...
  • Medical Journal Article: 14,000 U.S. Deaths Tied to Fukushima Fallout

    12/28/2011 7:41:33 PM PST · by Veto! · 89 replies
    Radiation Public Health Project ^ | Dec 19, 2011 | Joseph J. Mangano
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 19, 2011 -- An estimated 14,000 excess deaths in the United States are linked to the radioactive fallout from the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear reactors in Japan, according to a major new article in the December 2011 edition of the International Journal of Health Services. This is the first peer-reviewed study published in a medical journal documenting the health hazards of Fukushima........Just six days after the disastrous meltdowns struck four reactors at Fukushima on March 11, scientists detected the plume of toxic fallout had arrived over American shores. Subsequent measurements by the U.S. Environmental Protection...
  • Compensation for Fukushima Residents: Gift Certificates?

    12/23/2011 2:54:03 PM PST · by ransomnote · 5 replies
    Ex-SKF.blogspot.com ^ | 12/23/2011 | ex-skf.blogspot.com
    As Prime Minister Noda plans to ask China if he can borrow pandas for the disaster recovery in Miyagi, Minister of Economy Yukio Edano wants to give gift certificates to all people in Fukushima as compensation for the nuclear accident. Gift certificates are to be used only within Fukushima Prefecture, in order to promote economic recovery of Fukushima. Fukushima Minpo reported the news only in its print version (12/23/2011). Here's partial translation from the image of the article (article image is posted on my Japanese blog): Idea to distribute gift certificates to all Fukushima residents, as compensation for the residents...
  • Japan: 52 Workers at TEPCO Nuclear Plant Infected with Norovirus(really?)

    12/18/2011 6:24:52 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Jiji Press ^ | 12/17/11
    52 Workers at TEPCO Nuclear Plant Infected with Norovirus Tokyo, Dec. 17 (Jiji Press)--A total of 52 workers at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s <9501> crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant have been infected with norovirus, the utility said Saturday. The workers, who are employees of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. <7011> and affiliated companies, were installing storage tanks for sludge accumulated after radioactive water decontamination. Some of them was hospitalized but most are getting better after receiving treatment. The number of patients may increase further, according to the plant operator, known as TEPCO. According to TEPCO, the workers reported symptoms...
  • Japan: Fukushima tofu makers not deterred by food concerns

    12/18/2011 6:18:56 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    December 17, 2011 Fukushima tofu makers not deterred by food concerns FUKUSHIMA--As paranoia over contaminated food has the nation on edge, workers in the Tatsugoyama district of Fukushima city are busy producing the local specialty, freeze-dried tofu. "While we worried about the effects from the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, we are relieved because radiation tests by the prefectural government before we shipped out the products found no problems," said Yukio Kurosawa, 75, who has been making dried tofu for 50 years.
  • Japan: 'Absolutely no progress being made' at Fukushima nuke plant, undercover reporter says

    12/16/2011 1:45:43 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 25 replies
    'Absolutely no progress being made' at Fukushima nuke plant, undercover reporter says Conditions at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant are far worse than its operator or the government has admitted, according to freelance journalist Tomohiko Suzuki, who spent more than a month working undercover at the power station. "Absolutely no progress is being made" towards the final resolution of the crisis, Suzuki told reporters at a Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan news conference on Dec. 15. Suzuki, 55, worked for a Toshiba Corp. subsidiary as a general laborer there from July 13 to Aug. 22, documenting sloppy repair work,...
  • Japan: Yakuza involved in Fukushima clean-up: reporter

    12/16/2011 1:26:18 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    Japan Today ^ | 12/16/11
    Yakuza involved in Fukushima clean-up: reporter Crime Dec. 16, 2011 - 10:45AM JST TOKYO — A Japanese journalist who worked at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant this summer claimed Thursday that Japan’s yakuza crime syndicates were involved in supplying clean-up crews. “Roughly 10% of plant workers there were brought in through the mediation of the yakuza,” said Tomohiko Suzuki, 45, who has written a book based on his experience at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. “The yakuza are very much involved in this industry but they are not involved as people working on site,” Suzuki told reporters. “They are in charge...
  • Japan: High radioactive cesium levels found at Tokyo school

    12/15/2011 4:33:23 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Asahi Japan Watch ^ | 12/14/11 | TOMOKO SAITO
    High radioactive cesium levels found at Tokyo school December 14, 2011 By TOMOKO SAITO / Staff Writer Radioactive cesium more than 10 times the standard for waste disposal has been detected on lawn covers that had been placed in a schoolyard from mid-March until early April at Horinouchi Elementary School in Tokyo's Suginami Ward. The measured value, 90,600 becquerels of radioactive cesium per kilogram, was more than triple the 26,400 becquerels contained in sludge at a sewage treatment facility in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, about 60 kilometers from the disabled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. "The cover, with its wide...
  • Japan: NRC Evaluation of Radiation Measurements from the USS Ronald Reagan(technetium detected)

    12/14/2011 4:33:29 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Enformable ^ | 12/12/11
  • New York Times: Japan Split on Hope for Vast Radiation Cleanup (Fukushima)

    12/13/2011 1:32:36 PM PST · by ransomnote · 5 replies
    ex-skf.blogspot.com ^ | Dec 11, 2011 | Ex-SKF
    A very well-written article from New York Times by Martin Fackler, on December 6, 2011. I translated this article and posted on my Japanese blog, but the futility of so-called "decontamination" is best summarized, to me, by the photo that the New York Times put at the top of the article: Even the ardent supporter for the residents' return by decontaminating the towns and cities, Professor Tatsuhiko Kodama of Tokyo University, has this to say: “I believe it is possible to save Fukushima,” said the supporter, Tatsuhiko Kodama, director of the Radioisotope Center at the University of Tokyo. “But many...
  • Japanese Engineer: "There Was a Nuclear Explosion in Reactor 3 in Addition to a Hydrogen Explosion"

    12/13/2011 1:27:01 PM PST · by ransomnote · 32 replies
    ex-skf.blogspot.com ^ | 3/13/2011 | Ex-SKF
    There are foreign nuclear experts who have said the explosion in Reactor 3 on March 14 at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant was a nuclear explosion. But this Japanese engineer and whistleblower at JNES (Japan Nuclear Energy Safety Organization) Setsuo Fujiwara says there were two explosions at Reactor 3: a hydrogen explosion, and a nuclear explosion at the Spent Fuel Pool. The following is my best-effort translation of the interview Fujiwara did with the SPA magazine, without detailed technical knowledge of nuclear physics, subject to revision. From Zakzak (12/13/2011): "The explosion in Reactor 3 at Fukushima I Nuke Plant on...
  • Japan: Real cause of nuclear crisis(not tsunami but quake)

    12/12/2011 8:51:54 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 24 replies
    Japan Times ^ | 12/13/11
    SENTAKU MAGAZINE Real cause of nuclear crisis Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco), the operator of the stricken Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Station, has been insisting that the culprit that caused the nuclear crisis was the huge tsunami that hit the plant after the March 11 earthquake. But evidence is mounting that the meltdown at the nuclear power plant was actually caused by the earthquake itself. According to a science journalist well versed in the matter, Tepco is afraid that if the earthquake were to be determined as the direct cause of the accident, the government would have to review...
  • New York Times: Japan Split on Hope for Vast Radiation Cleanup

    12/12/2011 10:04:11 AM PST · by Razzz42 · 12 replies
    ex-skf.blogspot.com ^ | December 11, 2011 | arevamirpal::laprimavera
    A very well-written article from New York Times by Martin Fackler, on December 6, 2011. I translated this article and posted on my Japanese blog, but the futility of so-called "decontamination" is best summarized, to me, by the photo that the New York Times put at the top of the article: Even the ardent supporter for the residents' return by decontaminating the towns and cities, Professor Tatsuhiko Kodama of Tokyo University, has this to say: “I believe it is possible to save Fukushima,” said the supporter, Tatsuhiko Kodama, director of the Radioisotope Center at the University of Tokyo. “But many...
  • Radioactive Baby Formula: 30.8 Becquerels/Kg of Cesium from Powdered Milk by Meiji

    12/06/2011 12:52:28 PM PST · by ransomnote · 12 replies
    ex-skf.blogspot.com ^ | Dec 5, 2011 | Ex-SKF
    The manufacturer will replace 400,000 cans of its baby formula free of charge. The brand that radioactive cesium has been found is "Meiji Step", a formula designed for infants 9 months and older. As the article by Sponichi below states, Meiji is the largest manufacturer of baby formulas with 40% market share. Meiji did its own testing and disclosed the number. Will other makers follow suit? SNIP "Meiji Step", a baby formula manufactured and sold by Meiji (headquartered in Tokyo), one of the largest food manufacturers in Japan, has been found with the maximum 30.8 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium by...
  • Japan: Radioactive cesium found in Meiji baby formula

    12/06/2011 1:07:15 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies
    Radioactive cesium found in Meiji baby formula TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Radioactive cesium of up to 30.8 becquerels per kilogram has been found in baby formula manufactured and sold by Meiji Co., sources familiar with the matter said Tuesday, citing a sampling by the major food company. While it is unclear how the isotope got into the powdered milk, retailed as "Meiji Step," the company suspects a link with the radioactive leaks from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant damaged by the March earthquake and tsunami, they said. Radioactive cesium has been found in baby formula for the first time since...
  • Japan:Strontium-tainted water leak suspected(leaking out of water treatment devices)

    12/04/2011 6:30:33 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies · 1+ views
    NHK ^ | 12/05/11
    Strontium-tainted water leak suspected The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says about 45 tons of strontium-tainted water may have leaked out of a water treatment device, with a portion of it spilling out of the facility. Tokyo Electric Power Company says the water may contain high levels of radioactive strontium. Strontium causes internal radiation exposure. The company is trying to determine whether the water reached the sea. The utility said at about 11:30 am on Sunday a water leak was spotted in a device to remove salt from contaminated water from which radioactive material had already been...
  • Japan: Confusion clouds Education Ministry notices on radiation levels in school lunches

    12/03/2011 5:13:54 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Confusion clouds Education Ministry notices on radiation levels in school lunches A radiation contamination guideline of 40 becquerels per kilogram that the government introduced in connection with school lunches was actually meant for selecting radiation measuring equipment, the ministry has announced. On Nov. 30, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology sent 17 prefectures notices that could be interpreted as stating that the limit for radiation in ingredients for school-provided lunches was 40 becquerels per kilogram, and in a news conference on Dec. 1, Senior Vice Minister Yuko Mori confirmed this. On Dec. 2, however, Minister Masaharu Nakagawa...
  • [Japan]Fukushima: Japanese produce linked to newscaster's cancer (PR disaster)

    12/02/2011 6:10:49 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 30 replies · 1+ views
    Fukushima: Japanese produce linked to newscaster's cancer Date: 13 November 2011 Posted By : Special to The Canadian A Japanese newscaster who usually reports the news, has now made the news in Japan. Norikazu Otsuka, a Japanese TV newscaster, has been diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia and is now hospitalized, getting ready for chemo. He felt a strange lump in his neck on October 28, he says. -- Various news sources including: Zakzak 11/7/2011, Yomiuri Shinbun 11/6/2011 have also filed reports. “In his morning program on Fuji TV he’s been promoting Fukushima produce by eating them in the show. He...
  • Xenon 400,000 times normal found in Chiba air immediately after Fukushima nuke accident

    12/02/2011 5:26:10 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    Xenon 400,000 times normal found in Chiba air immediately after Fukushima nuke accident CHIBA -- Radioactive xenon-133 some 400,000 times normal levels was detected in the atmosphere here immediately after the outbreak of the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant, a radiation survey organization said. It took three months before the volume of radioactive substances returned to normal levels. The Chiba-based Japan Chemical Analysis Center made the announcement during a radiation research session in Tokyo on Dec. 1, organized by the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry. Keisuke Isogai from the center denied that the high...
  • Japan:TEPCO injects nitrogen into pressure vessels (hydrogen accumulating)

    12/02/2011 2:10:03 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    NHK ^ | 12/02/11
    TEPCO injects nitrogen into pressure vessels The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has started injecting nitrogen, an inert gas, into the pressure vessels of the crippled reactors to prevent another hydrogen explosion. In late October, Tokyo Electric Power Company began extracting gases from the containment vessel of the No.2 reactor to remove radioactive substances. During the work, TEPCO found hydrogen accumulating in parts of the reactor at a density of up to 2.9 percent. TEPCO started pumping nitrogen into the pressure vessels of the No.1, 2, 3 reactors on Thursday to lessen the concentration of hydrogen. The...
  • Japan:All N-fuel may have fallen to outer vessel/TEPCO: Up to 68 tons likely melted...

    12/01/2011 7:07:43 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 27 replies
    12/02/11 All N-fuel may have fallen to outer vessel / TEPCO: Up to 68 tons likely melted in No. 1 reactor, eroding concrete of containment unit The Yomiuri Shimbun Almost all the nuclear fuel inside the No. 1 reactor of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant has melted, damaging the pressure vessel and eroding the concrete bottom of the containment vessel by up to 65 centimeters, the plant's operator has found. Tokyo Electric Power Co. released its latest analysis Wednesday on the cores of the plant's Nos. 1 to 3 reactors, based on temperature, water levels and other...
  • [Japan]TEPCO: Melted fuel eroded containment vessel floor at Fukushima reactor [diagram inside]

    11/30/2011 11:29:57 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies · 1+ views
    TEPCO: Melted fuel eroded containment vessel floor at Fukushima reactor December 01, 2011 Most of the fuel rods that melted in the pressure vessel of the No. 1 reactor of the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant ate into the containment vessel, according to Tokyo Electric Power Co. It said on Nov. 30 the melted fuel did not breach the containment vessel but partially eroded its concrete floor. As for the No. 2 and No. 3 reactors, most of the melted fuel stayed within the pressure vessel, TEPCO added. Water levels have submerged the fuel rods at all three reactors, which...
  • Study shows deeper meltdown at Japan nuke reactor

    11/30/2011 11:19:23 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    AP ^ | 11/30/11 | MARI YAMAGUCHI
    Study shows deeper meltdown at Japan nuke reactor AP By MARI YAMAGUCHI | AP – 14 hrs ago TOKYO (AP) — Radioactive debris from melted fuel rods may have seeped deeper into the floor of a Japan's tsunami-hit nuclear reactor than previously thought, to within a foot from breaching the crucial steel barrier, a new simulation showed Wednesday. The findings will not change the ongoing efforts to stabilize the reactors more than eight months after the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant was disabled, but they harshly depict the meltdowns that occurred and conditions within the reactors, which will be off-limits for years....
  • TEPCO Admits Reactor 1 Corium May Be 65 Centimeters into the Concrete Pedestal (trunc)

    11/30/2011 2:16:37 PM PST · by ransomnote · 38 replies
    ex-skf.blogspot.com ^ | November 30, 2011 | Ex-SKF
    There you go! It took TEPCO only 8 and a half months to say what many people have been saying at least for 8 months. The corium has long escaped the Reactor Pressure Vessel AND the Containment Vessel of Reactor 1 (that much TEPCO has actually admitted, but..), and has eaten into the concrete pedestal to about 65-centimeter deep. For Reactors 2 and 3, TEPCO thinks (hopes, wishes...) that a good chunk of the corium dropped from the RPV onto the CV. No mention whether the corium there is eating into the concrete or not. From NHK News (11/30/2011; quick...
  • Institute of Applied Energy: Corium Could Be 2 Meters Deep into Concrete (Fukushima)

    11/30/2011 2:09:07 PM PST · by ransomnote · 3 replies
    ex-skf.blogspot.com ^ | November 30, 2011 | Ex-SKF
    TEPCO's worst-case scenario (here and here) pales in comparison with the analysis by the Institute of Applied Energy, also presented on November 30 at the workshop held by the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency. From what Yomiuri Shinbun reported (01:01AM JST 12/1/2011): The analysis done by the Institute of Applied Energy commissioned by the national government, 85% of fuel dropped to the Containment Vessel in Reactor 1, and 70% of fuel dropped to the Containment Vessels in Reactors 2 and 3. The researchers at the Institute pointed out the possibility of the damage to the stainless-steel shroud that surrounds the...
  • Radioactive Rice Keeps Coming: 1050 Bq/Kg of Radioactive Cesium from Date City, Fukushima

    11/29/2011 1:27:01 PM PST · by ransomnote · 3 replies
    ex-skf.blogspot.com ^ | November 28, 2011 | Ex-SKF
    SNIP/ After radioactive cesium exceeding the provisional safety limit was detected in rice harvested in Onami District of Fukushima City (former Oguni-mura), Fukushima Prefecture announced on November 28 that rice from 3 farms in the adjasent areas of Onami District, former Oguni-mura and former Tsukidate-machi, both of which became part of Date City, was found with radioactive cesium exceeding the limit. Part of the rice has been sold in the market. The prefectural government has requested that the shipment of rice from these two districts to be voluntarily halted. The national government is going to order the halt of the...
  • Radiation in Japan: 450,000 Bq/Kg Cesium from Dirt in Kashiwa City, Chiba

    11/29/2011 1:22:53 PM PST · by ransomnote · 1 replies
    ex-skf.blogspot.com ^ | 11/28/2011 | Ex-SKF
    It's the number you may expect to see in the most contaminated area inside Fukushima Prefecture, like Namie-machi, which is a focus of Asahi Shinbun's "Trap of Prometheus". But no, this is in Chiba Prefecture, and Kashiwa City is just outside of Tokyo. Yomiuri Shinbun (11/28/2011) reports: Regarding the localized high radiation spot in the city-owned land in Kashiwa City in Chiba Prefecture, the Ministry of the Environment announced on November 28 that the maximum 450,000 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium was detected in the soil 5 to 10 centimeters deep from the surface. The survey was conducted on November 1...
  • Cesium from Fukushima plant fell all over Japan (3rd highest: Shinjuku, Tokyo)

    11/26/2011 4:33:04 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 51 replies
    Asahi Japan Watch ^ | 11/26/11 | HIROSHI ISHIZUKA
    Cesium from Fukushima plant fell all over Japan November 26, 2011 By HIROSHI ISHIZUKA / Staff Writer Radioactive substances from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant have now been confirmed in all prefectures, including Uruma, Okinawa Prefecture, about 1,700 kilometers from the plant, according to the science ministry. The ministry said it concluded the radioactive substances came from the stricken nuclear plant because, in all cases, they contained cesium-134, which has short half-life of two years. Before the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake, radioactive substance were barely detectable in most areas. But the Ministry of Education, Culture,...
  • Radioactive Rice: 1270 Bq/kg of Cesium from Rice in Onami District, Fukushima City

    11/25/2011 1:33:34 PM PST · by ransomnote · 12 replies
    ex-skf.blogspot.com ^ | November 25, 2011 | Ex-SKF
    630 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium discovered in the same district on November 16 was treated as "exception", with researchers from an august university (Tokyo University) weighing in with their theory on how "exceptional" the topography of that rice paddy was. So much for that. Now the maximum radioactive cesium from the rice in the district is 1270 becquerels/kg. From a different rice paddy. Yomiuri Shinbun (11/26/2011) reports that radioactive cesium exceeding the national provisional limit was found in rice grown and harvested at 5 more farms in Onami District, Fukushima City in Fukushima Prefecture. But rest assured, as we are...
  • TEPCO: Radioactive substances belong to landowners, not us (all my cesium belongs to you)

    11/25/2011 3:35:13 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    Asahi Japan Watch ^ | 11/24/11 | TOMOHIRO IWATA
    TEPCO: Radioactive substances belong to landowners, not us By TOMOHIRO IWATA / Asahi Shimbun Weekly AERA During court proceedings concerning a radioactive golf course, Tokyo Electric Power Co. stunned lawyers by saying the utility was not responsible for decontamination because it no longer "owned" the radioactive substances. “Radioactive materials (such as cesium) that scattered and fell from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant belong to individual landowners there, not TEPCO,” the utility said. That argument did not sit well with the companies that own and operate the Sunfield Nihonmatsu Golf Club, just 45 kilometers west of the stricken TEPCO plant...
  • Japan: Nuke crisis sends hundreds of Tokyoites fleeing to Okinawa

    11/22/2011 3:44:52 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Asahi Japan Watch ^ | 11/22/11 | KAZUYO NAKAMURA
    Nuke crisis sends hundreds of Tokyoites fleeing to Okinawa November 22, 2011 By KAZUYO NAKAMURA / Staff Writer NAHA, Okinawa Prefecture--Following the Fukushima nuclear crisis and fearing the spread of radiation, a number of Kanto residents fled to this southernmost prefecture and continue to live here despite the lack of personal connections. "The Okinawans are really warm-hearted. I wouldn't want to live in Tokyo again," said Jin Tanimura, 38, clad in "kariyushi" wear, a locally promoted attire that looks like a Hawaiian shirt.
  • Radioactive cesium blankets 8% of Japan's land area

    11/22/2011 3:36:29 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies
    Asahi Japan Watch ^ | 11/21/11 | HIROSHI ISHIZUKA
    Radioactive cesium blankets 8% of Japan's land area November 21, 2011 By HIROSHI ISHIZUKA / Staff Writer Some 8 percent of Japan's land area, or more than 30,000 square kilometers, has been contaminated with radioactive cesium from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. Spanning 13 prefectures, the affected area has accumulated more than 10,000 becquerels of cesium 134 and 137 per square meter, according to the science ministry. The ministry has released the latest version of its cesium contamination map, covering 18 prefectures. Radioactive plumes from the Fukushima No. 1 plant reached no farther than the border between...
  • Contaminated Water from Fukushima I Nuke Plant Crossing the International Date Line

    11/22/2011 11:48:24 AM PST · by ransomnote · 16 replies
    ex-skf.blogspot.com ^ | November 22, 2011 | Ex-SKF
    The Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), which only yesterday announced the cesium contamination of Pacific Ocean at 5000 meters deep, disclosed the result of their simulation of dispersion of radioactive cesium on the surface of Pacific Ocean. Now they tell us that the contaminated water from the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant accident may have reached the international date line in 4 to 5 months after the accident. That would be in July-August time frame. The map is cut off right at the international date line, as if that's all the researchers cared about. SNIP From...
  • Japan: Post-Fukushima 'anti-radiation' pills condemned by scientists

    11/22/2011 12:38:34 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    Guardian ^ | 11/21/11 | George Monbiot and Justin McCurry
    Post-Fukushima 'anti-radiation' pills condemned by scientists George Monbiot and Justin McCurry in Tokyo guardian.co.uk, Monday 21 November 2011 16.59 GMT Article history Green party distances itself from Dr Christopher Busby, a former spokesman promoting products following Japanese nuclear disaster The Green party's former science and technology spokesman is promoting anti-radiation pills to people in Japan affected by the Fukushima nuclear disaster, that leading scientists have condemned as "useless". Dr Christopher Busby, a visiting professor at the University of Ulster, is championing a series of expensive products and services which, he claims, will protect people in Japan from the effects of...
  • Radioactive Strontium Found in Central Tokyo (Fukushima)

    11/21/2011 1:15:07 PM PST · by ransomnote · 1 replies
    ex-skf.blogspot.com ^ | November 21, 2011 | Ex-SKF
    A citizen group did the soil survey of three locations in central Tokyo, and had the soil samples tested for radioactive cesium and strontium. All three had both. Summary of reporting by Yasumi Iwakami, independent journalist: Locations and amounts of radioactive materials: Kiyosumi Shirakawa Station, Koto-ku: Radioactive cesium (134 and 137 combined): 19,126 Bq/kg Radioactive strontium (89 and 90 combined): 44 Bq/kg Yurakucho Station, Chiyoda-ku: Radioactive cesium (134 and 137 combined): 20,955 Bq/kg Radioactive strontium (89 and 90 combined): 51 Bq/kg Front of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Chiyoda-ku: Radioactive cesium (134 and 137 combined): 48,176 Bq/kg Radioactive...
  • Cesium-137 Deposition Simulation Shows Extensive Ocean Contamination Even in Japan Sea

    11/19/2011 11:10:01 AM PST · by ransomnote · 9 replies
    ex-skf.blogspot.com ^ | November 19, 2011 | Ex-SKF
    I wrote on Monday November 14 about the paper by the international team of scientists on cesium-137 deposition simulation after the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant accident, from March 20 to April 19. In the English paper that I linked, there was a map of cesium-137 deposition simulation in much wider area of Japan, which I showed in the post. But then, in the press release by Nagoya University (one of the scientists is from this university), I realized I should have linked the different map of cesium-137 deposition simulation on land and on the ocean. A whole lot of...
  • [Japan] Staple Scare: Radioactive Rice in Fukushima

    11/17/2011 12:58:45 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    WSJ ^ | 11/17/11
    November 17, 2011, 1:09 PM JST Staple Scare: Radioactive Rice in Fukushima While Japan has battled a series of food scares in the wake of the nuclear crisis, the latest revelation hits at the heart of the country’s proud national staple: Radioactive cesium exceeding the government limit was detected for the first time in rice harvested in Fukushima prefecture. About 630 becquerels of cesium per kilogram were found in a rice sample taken from a farm in Fukushima City, the prefectural government said Wednesday night. The levels measure above the government-mandated limit of 500 becquerels per kilogram of harvested rice,...
  • Japan: Radiation-tainted sludge, ash continues to pile up at Yokohama treatment centers

    11/17/2011 12:55:59 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Mainichi News ^ | 11/16/11
    Radiation-tainted sludge, ash continues to pile up at Yokohama treatment centers Bags of ash are stored at the southern sludge treatment and recycling center, which is gradually running out of space. YOKOHAMA -- Nearly six months have passed since sludge and ash contaminated with radioactive materials from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant stopped being shipped from processing facilities here to cement manufacturers. Two facilities in the city now hold over 5,500 metric tons of ash, and that figure continues to rise. The city is under pressure to find storage space and explain to residents how the ash will be...
  • Radioactive Rice: 630 Bq/kg Cesium from Rice in Fukushima City

    11/16/2011 3:51:18 PM PST · by ransomnote · 5 replies
    ex-skf.blogspot.com ^ | November 16, 2011 | Ex-SKF
    For those of you who wrote to me that Fukushima rice was "safe" because it all "tested" well below the safety limit of 500 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium, sorry. NHK has a piece of bad news for you. 630 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium has been detected from the rice grown and harvested in Onami District of Fukushima City in Fukushima. It was discovered only because one farmer asked the local JA to test his rice. The video clip accompanying the NHK News says 630 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium from brown rice, and 300 becquerels/kg from white (milled) rice. The entire...
  • Now They Tell Us: Cesium-137 Soil Deposition May Be Much Wider Than Thought (Fukushima)

    11/15/2011 12:24:18 PM PST · by ransomnote · 4 replies
    ex-skf.blogspot.com ^ | November 14, 2011 | Ex-SKF
    Not the news that weary radiation-vigilant residents of Japan (including Tokyo Brown Tabby) wanted to hear. But according to a new research paper by the international team of scientists to be published on the electronic version of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), cesium-137 (half life 30 years) may have deposited in the soil in much wider areas including Hokkaido, Chubu, Chugoku, Shikoku in one month starting March 20. The cesium deposition in these regions is considered to be in much lower concentration than in Tohoku or Kanto, but the researchers...
  • A Rescue Squad Member Died from Renal Failure 3 Months after(trunc)Radiation Exposure

    11/14/2011 1:20:58 PM PST · by ransomnote · 5 replies
    ex-skf.blogspot.com ^ | November 13, 2011 | Ex-SKF
    A Rescue Squad Member Died from Renal Failure 3 Months After He Was Found with Internal Radiation Exposure Her friend was a member of the special rescue unit of the Fire Department (probably in Osaka) who was sent numerous times to the disaster-affected areas in Fukushima and Iwate for the rescue effort. In July, he was found with internal radiation exposure, but he had to continue working. His employer kept sending him and his colleagues to the disaster area even after the internal radiation exposure was found in them. She says that they got sick and they had to quit....